MATTOON — The Grand Prairie Friends group plans to hold a Fall Fête & Volunteer Appreciation Day event with guided walks and other activities Saturday afternoon at the
Warbler Ridge conservation area.
The nonprofit conservation group reported that the event will offer lunch from the grill, yard games and music from 1 to 4 p.m., plus guided walks at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The walks will include the McKenzie-Waltrip Cemetery, flora special to this area, and new native plantings from local master naturalists.
Fall Fête will be held at the Warbler Ridge Red Barn, 16171 Daileyville Road, Charleston. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. More information and an RSVP link are available at
PHOTOS: Fox Ridge State Park in Charleston
18175 State Park Rd., (217) 345-6416,
This park is known for its steep, wooded ridges and broad, lush valleys, along with miles of rugged scenic hiking trails.
Fox Ridge State Park intern Helen Plevka portrays naturalist Jane Goodall during activities for children at the park south of Charleston on Wednesday.
Dane Perdieu of Ashmore and his grandson, Easton Carter, 4, walk one of the many trails at Fox Ridge State Park south of Charleston on Thursday. Nature areas in the state saw an increase in use last year as the COVID restrictions limited travel and interaction. More people are expected to hit the road this year as those restrictions are eased.
Fox Ridge State Park Superintendent Duane Snow helps Girl Scout Lyric McDonald plant a plant at the park in April. Fox Ridge is an absolute gym in our midst, according to columnist Dave Shadow.
A sign indicated that all the reserved and first come, first served campsites are full Saturday evening at Fox Ridge State Park in rural Charleston.
Eastern Illinois University alumnus Dave Giammarrusco of Chatham hangs out with his family and their dogs Saturday evening at their campsite at Fox Ridge State Park in rural Charleston.
Fox Ridge State Park campground hosts John and Cathy Vogel, along with their 4-year-old Maltipoo named Daisy, grill pork burgers and potatoes over a fire Saturday evening at their campsite in this rural Charleston park.
Location: 18175 State Park Rd, Charleston, IL 61920
The renovated building features several tables for meals, craft lessons or other activities, along with a large counter top and electrical outlets.
Fox Ridge State Park Superintendent Duane Snow points to the newly renovated enclosed pavilion in the park's youth area.
Fox Ridge State Park Superintendent Duane Snow shows the improvements to the park's youth area, which include renovations to an enclosed pavilion. The Fox Ridge Foundation conducted a fundraising effort to help pay for the improvements.
A motorist is surrounded by the fall colors at Fox Ridge State Park south of Charleston, Ill., on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.
Backlit yellow leaves at Fox Ridge State Park south of Charleston, Ill., on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012.
Fox Ridge State Park Superintendent Duane Snow talks to fifth-grade students from Jefferson Elementary School about the park and the milkweed planting project in which the students took part Tuesday.
Students from Jefferson Elementary School in Charleston plant milkweed at Fox Ridge State Park on Tuesday for a project to help the monarch butterfly population. The fifth-grade classes were selected to take part in the state's 'Earth Day in the Parks' program.
Fifth-graders from Jefferson Elementary School help Mark Esarey of the Fox Ridge State Park foundation load shovels and supplies to prepare for a milkweed planting project Tuesday.
Fox Ridge State Park intern Helen Plevka, right, works with children while portraying naturalist Jane Goodall at the park south of Charleston on Wednesday.
Intern Helen Plevka stands next to a sign about prairie plants at Fox Ridge State Park south of Charleston on Wednesday.
Entrance to the Trail of Trees at Fox Ridge State Park south of Charleston on Wednesday.
Families are pictured looking at nocturnal insects under microscopes during the "Night Bugs” event Saturday evening at Fox Ridge State Park.
Eastern Illinois University student Laura Horvat poses for a photo at the Fox Ridge State Park office.
Members of the Coles County Search and Rescue team practice an evidence search at Fox Ridge State Park south of Charleston on Saturday.
Members of the Coles County Search and Rescue team practice with compasses at Fox Ridge State Park south of Charleston on Saturday.
Contact Rob Stroud at 217-238-6861.